What a weekend in Houston! First sweep ever at Minute Maid Park and the first three-game sweep in Houston since 1990’s wire-to-wire World Series season. I took more photos to show you the park, which opened (with the now-blasphemous name of Enron Field) back in 2000.
|It’s the most "open" of the retractable-roof ballparks. This was before Friday night’s game.||That "thing" on top is the roof, which was retracted until mid-game on Friday night.||A replica of a 19th century locomotive rolls along tracks above that wall. Astros offices are housed in the building down the line. Some folks will watch games from the rooftop ala Wrigley Field.|
|A very deep center field, 436 feet. That’s Tal’s hill in straight-away center field (ala
Crosley Field). The pole under the US flag is in play.
|Early in Friday’s game.||Only 315 feet to left and only 362 to left-center. Those seats are known as the "Crawford Boxes," as the park is located on Crawford Street.|
|As rain begins to fall mid-game Friday, the roof begins to close.||It takes between 12 and 20 minutes to close, and the game continues uninterrupted.||Marty and I before the roof closed Friday night.|
|Saturday and Sunday the roof was closed.||Me and Astros broadcaster Dave Raymond in a camera well near the field during the 11th inning of Sunday’s win. Ryan Freel was the "Star of the Game."||Marty and fellow Hall-of-Fame voice Milo Hamilton, an Astros broadcaster. Milo’s recent autobiography is "Making Airwaves."|
|Me with Sigma Chi fraternity brother Brad Wilder and his fellow attorney Frank Onion (Reds bullpen coach Lee Tunnell’s high school teammate) at the Fox Sports Grille.||My cousin Jeff Nunn (the blacksheep of the family) with the "Bad Boy" at Pappasito’s, a popular Houston Mexican restaurant chain. As Marty would say, I was eating "like I was going to the electric chair."|